Horn Seed Co. to close after 91 years in Oklahoma City

A second summer of extreme heat and a devastating fire in February contributed to the decision by owners of Horn Seed Co. to close the business after 91 years in business in Oklahoma City.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: August 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm •  Published: August 8, 2012
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Horn Seed Co., considered to be Oklahoma City's first modern garden center, is closing after 91 years.

A devastating fire earlier this year and another brutally hot summer convinced owners Beverly and David Shumake they couldn't keep the business afloat.

“It's breaking our hearts,” Beverly Shumake said Wednesday after the announcement was made. “We've had so many customers come in and say, ‘Can't we save this business?' I wish there was a way.”

Horn Seed Co., at 1409 Northwest Expressway, is known for its customer service and yearly Christmas open house, which featured a visit from Santa, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Christmas trees and decorations. Representatives also are known for their deep knowledge of plants and flowers.

A fire in February wiped out this year's Christmas inventory, which is ordered nearly a year in advance, and it couldn't be replaced. The store has also been hit by two recent hail storms. Each resulted in high insurance deductible payments, Shumake said.

A second summer of extreme heat has been devastating for the business, which is weather-dependent, she added. Horn Seed Co. guarantees its products, so it has been replacing many customers' plants that couldn't survive the weather.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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Horn Seed Co.

Store closing sale began Wednesday. Everything is 40-50 percent off.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesday.

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